Last night my daughters came over for dinner and a game of Mexican Train Dominoes. With temperatures in the negative digits, 2 feet of snow on the ground and a forecast predicting more snow for 3 straight days, I needed some fun. Plus, I got to to send care packages home with my girls.
We had escalloped potatoes with ham and a big salad with homemade dressing and some side fixings. Instead of mixing all the salad ingredients together, I put everything on the table like a salad bar. Mixed lettuce, tomatoes and celery went together in a big bowl and then onions, blue cheese, dried cranberries, nuts, avocado, peppers were in their own smaller bowls. Everyone added what they liked to their own salads. I made a basic creamy garlic salad dressing by mixing these ingredients together in a jar:
- 1 small, raw garlic clove, mashed (sprinkle a little sea salt on the garlic before you mash it up to pull the juices out of it)
- 4 Tablespoons sour cream
- 2 Tablespoons mayonaise
- 1 tablespoon vinegar ( I used apple cider vinegar but white wine vinegar is good too)
- 1/4- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- salt and pepper to taste
This tastes better if it’s made a few hours ahead and even better made the night before. It will stay about a week in the fridge. Shake the jar before serving.
For dessert I made vanilla cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting.
I’m ready for the snow.